What is architectural technology?

Architectural technologists turn architects’ designs into sustainable constructions. They are specialists in the technology of construction, selecting the best materials and processes for the project, identifying potential design issues and analysing architectural plans and drawings.


What’s required for the role?

  • Creativity, art and design skills
  • Good written communication and presentation skills
  • Teamwork and the ability to work with clients and other professionals
  • Maths and IT skills
  • An analytical mind with strong problem-solving ability
  • Strong planning and organisation skills

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What's the role like in practice?

Chartered architectural technologists often work as part of a multi-disciplinary team, liaising with architects, surveyors and other construction professionals. Chartered architectural technologists may be project managers, leading a project from inception to completion. The role can include selecting materials and processes, surveying sites, assessing environmental impacts and working with planning and building regulation and other legislation. Architectural technologists often use specialist design software such as CAD and REVIT.

What's the work environment like?

Split between office and site work, meetings with clients and other professionals.

What qualifications are required?

Chartered architectural technologists will have completed a relevant degree and be able to demonstrate their experience as an architectural technologist. Architectural technology degree courses are available, and alternatives include part time study or apprenticeships.

Architectural technicians are not required to have professional or academic qualifications but may do so.

Is it for you?

You might like if you enjoy:

  • Using visual intelligence to read and interpret plans, data, and designs
  • Using science, technology and design in innovative ways, such as using VR to bring a design to life or researching alternative building materials

Other useful skills to have:

  • Project management
  • Creativity and problem solving
  • Understanding how buildings are constructed and materials used in the process required


How are architectural technologists responding to the need for sustainability?

Sustainability has changed architectural education and the way architects and architectural technologists work. All areas, from design, the choice, responsible sourcing of building materials, use of land, renewable energy and the recycling  of water are impacted by climate change and as individuals and corporations becoming ever more aware of climate change, the call for architects to adopt eco-friendly solutions is only going to grow.

Employment opportunities

Where will it take you?

Employers include architect practices, property developers, construction firms and local government. Architectural technologists can also be self-employed.

Degree courses in architectural technology are available as well as apprenticeships.

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